sharpiesgal gave me...
1. Aeon Flux
Back in the early 90’s there was this show on MTV called Liquid Television, the likes of which you would never see today because it was just too politically incorrect. It was the same show that Beavis and Butthead debuted on with a cartoon called Frog Baseball. But I digress. Aeon Flux was the creation of Korean animator Peter Chung and was a regular weekly segment. The animation style was like nothing I’d ever seen before and the characterizations were truly bizarre. It was the sort of thing you had to watch a couple of times to really get everything but I was immediately hooked. One of the things I loved about the cartoon was that the main character, Aeon Flux, never spoke which of course makes her the polar opposite of me because I never shut up. After I watched the whole cartoon short series I found the graphic novels and got hooked on those for a while. The show was picked up by MTV as was Beavis and Butthead but the half hour cartoons were never as good as the original shorts.
2. Tim Speedle
Hmm, not really sure what to say here except that I fell in love with the character the very first time I saw him. I suppose, in some ways, I saw a lot of me in him or him in me depending on how you look at it. I love his deadpan sense of humor and sarcastic wit. I tend to be like that myself. He’ll always speak the truth no matter what and works hard to help people. What’s not to like?
Photography has been a part of my life since I was six and since I am closing in quickly on 44, that’s a long time. I got my first real camera in 1971 for my sixth birthday, a present from my uncle Rob who was still a teenager at the time. I loved taking pictures of everything I could find though I’m sure my mother was none too thrilled with her brother for giving me the camera as she got stuck with having to pay for developing all of the rolls of film I used. She eventually put me on a budget. As I got older I got more interested in the technical aspects of photography and had gone through several cameras by the time I reached high school. I’d even taken some of the older ones apart to see how they worked.
My high school offered photography classes as electives and I took every one, learning how to work with different types of film and how to develop my own pictures. I played around with photo effects that, looking back, seem archaic now given the digital technology available. And as soon as digital camera became affordable I got one. I always have a camera with me in my bag or my pocket almost every where I go.
4. College professor
I’ve always said, “Just give me an audience and I’ll be happy.” I’ve always been a ham and I managed to make a profession out of it. I love teaching though I know I can’t do it full-time because I get burned out. I also know that I can’t do it with kids. I just don’t have the right personality for kids. For one thing, they don’t get my jokes. I much prefer dealing with adults and young adults.
I taught my first class while I was a graduate student at the State University of New York at Albany and it was just too much fun. Not to mention, I had the power to pass and fail people, a power I have never abused by the way. I just knew after that experience that this was what I wanted to do, at least for a while. I feel very lucky that my administrative job at the college where I work also affords me the opportunity to teach.
This is something I’ve come to much later in life. Though I’ve been writing practically my whole life, papers for school, technical stuff for various jobs I’ve had, lesson plans, stuff like that, writing fiction is new for me. I’ve only been doing it for a few years. I started writing a few years ago when I was off work on disability because of my heart problems. It was a way to pass the time. I am not the type of person who can just sit in front of the TV all day and not go stir crazy so writing helped me to get through that time in my life.
I was lucky enough to have gone through the American education system at a time when one was actually expected to learn something so I came into this new hobby with a pretty good knowledge of grammar and the ability to put a story together in a way that, I hope, makes sense, something I find seriously lacking these days. And even though it is a relatively new pursuit for me, I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. In fact this meme interrupted my writing the next installment of The Three of Us series, so if you’ll excuse me…
O yeah, and Sis? You should know by now that I can never just give a short simple answer to anything. 900 words later. LOL